HOME is committed to providing the homewares market with an essential and relevant event that meets their business needs. For this purpose, we have created the Home Steering Committee. The intent of this advisory panel is to utilise the expertise, knowledge and experience of key retailers in the homewares industry to help guide and develop HOME and provide a buying experience that is second to none.
The Kitchenware Panel
Head of Buying, Cooking & Dining, John Lewis
Louise has been in Homeware Buying since starting her career as a graduate trainee in 1994, now 18 years on she still has the same passion for homeware and retail. Louise has worked across all the homewares industries, starting out at marks and spencers in textiles , then gifting and accessories. Spending 11 years at M&S, Louise then moved on to John Lewis and has been there for the past 7 years.
“John Lewis for me was the place to be for Home as it covers all the areas and has such a fabulous balance of brands and the opportunity to develop great own brand across the price and style architecture so when they called I couldn't resist”
Director of Buying, Lakeland
Matthew joined Lakeland 9 years ago from Marks and Spencer as the Buying Director.
He’s responsible for Product, Sourcing and Merchandising strategy, and enjoys the challenge of working with in a dynamic, innovative, and customer focused multi-channel Kitchenware speciality retailer.
Managing Director, Steamer Trading
Founder, Owner, Managing Director and Head Buyer at Aria
Aria is a lifestyle store that was established in 1989, Upper Street, Islington, North London. It began life as a boutique offering a selection of tableware, cutlery and handmade glass.
The store has gradually grown over the past 20 years and is now based at Barnsbury Hall just off Upper Street. It offers the best in contemporary design for every part of the home as well as fashion accessories and gifts. The range of products now stretches from furniture and lighting to jewellery and watches although the original focus on china and glass have never been neglected or forgotten. Pushpa is responsible for buying across the whole range of products sold at Aria and allows the store to develop it's own unique blend of modern, eclectic, retro and quirky.
Folklore is an independent London and online store set up by Danielle Reid and her husband Rob. We started the company with a simple idea that better living is possible through design.
Folklore curates mindful design for home and life. We source a selection of goods that are created with care and made to last. Our range includes homewares, furniture, lighting, art and lifestyle goods.
Head of Buying Home & Gift, Liberty
Michelle began her 11 year career at the wonderfully eclectic Paul Smith, after a brief stint as a buyer for Ralph Lauren, Michelle moved to Liberty to pursue her dream of working with furniture, vintage and lighting.
Now the Buying Manager of Homeware and Gifts, Michelle’s keen eye helps Liberty remain one of the world’s premier retail emporiums. Michelle is also a regular contributor to the British design community, co-curating a design week installation titled ‘Britain can still…..make it’ in 2009, and taking part in Liberty’s annual Best of British open call for aspiring designers, which was recently documented on the BBC series Britain’s Next Big Thing.
Charlie Gladstone owns and runs Pedlars with his wife Caroline. Pedlars is an online retailer of modern and vintage home wares with a shop in Notting Hill and a concession in Selfridges, London. Charlie also owns and runs Hawarden Estate Farm Shop (winner of the True Taste Best Farm Shop in Wales three consecutive times) and The Glynne Arms, a pub and restaurant, as well as Balbegno Castle which is a holiday home, wedding venue and photo shoot location in Scotland. With Caroline he recently wrote The Pedlars Guide to the Great Outdoors, published by Random House/Square Peg.